School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

Module code: CHE114

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2
Timetable:

    Lecture
  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm
    Workshop
  • Semester 2: Weeks 2, 4, 9, 11: Tuesday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 2: Weeks 2, 4, 9, 11: Tuesday 3 pm - 5 pm

Contact: Dr Matteo Palma
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

An introduction to the thermodynamics of chemical systems: 1st Law; state functions and exact differentials, Internal energy, reversible and irreversible work of expansion of ideal gases; heat capacities; enthalpy, enthalpy changes of specific physical and chemical processes, and Hess's law; entropy and entropy changes accompanying specific processes, 2nd and 3rd law; spontaneous change, Helmotz energy, Gibbs free energy and equilibrium constants. An introduction to the kinetics of chemical reactions, including: differential rate equations, elementary and composite reactions, integrated rate equations,
experimental methods, effect of temperature, kinetics of multi-step reactions, catalysed processes.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 80.0% Examination, 20.0% Coursework
Level: 4